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Don Lewis, Massachusetts Audubon Society,
Fox Island Wildlife Management Area

Terrapin Remains Discovered On Fox Island
— 13 January 2001

At mid-tide today, summer residents, retreating to the end of the universe for a weekend break from the mainland bustle, found the remains of a six-year-old diamondback terrapin on Indian Neck’s Fox Island.

They found the turtle near the center of the island in the north quadrant, fairly deep into the interior and quite distant from the high water line.

This mature male measured 10 centimeters carapace length and 8.25 centimeters plastron.  He still sported clearly visible annual growth lines.  While decomposed and desiccated, there were no tooth marks nor scratches to indicate predation.